Wimbledon 2019 Draw: Prajnesh Gunneswaran Faces Uphill Task vs World No.17 Milos Raonic in 1st Round
Wimbledon 2019: This will be Prajnesh Gunneswaran's first appearance at the Wimbledon, having made it to the main draw of Australian Open and French Open.
Prajnesh Gunneswaran is the best-ranked singles player from India. (Photo Credit: ATP)
New Delhi: India's top singles player Prajnesh Gunnesaran on Friday drew world number 17 Milos Raonic of Canada as his first round opponent at the Wimbledon Championships, starting Monday.
Left-handed Prajnesh, ranked 94 in the world, will make his maiden appearance on the hallowed grass courts at the Wimbledon. Grass is not Prajnesh's preferred surface. He excels on hard courts.
It will be his third straight appearance at the Grand Slam events this season, having made first round exits at both Australian Open and French Open.
Prajnesh is the only Indian in the singles main draw as Ramkumar Ramanathan and Ankita Raina exited after losing their respective second round qualifying matches.
In the men's doubles, Divij Sharan and his Brazilian partner Marcelo Demoliner will open their campaign against German 13th seeded pair of Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies.
Rohan Bopanna and Pablo Cuevas are up against New Zealand's Marcus Daniell and Wesley Koolhof from the Netherlands.
The Indian team of Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Purav Raja have been pitted against veteran Australian Lleyton Hewitt and his compatriot Jordan Thompson.
Veteran Leander Paes and Benoit Paire will clash with Kazakhstan pair of Alexander Bublik and Mikhail Kukushkin.
The mixed doubles draw will be announced next week.
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